Sheffield is a strong, determined city and nowhere is that more obvious than our sports teams. With everything from football to ice hockey on in the city, there is no shortage of sporting events throughout the year. We have professional teams like the Sheffield Steelers, Sheffield United and Sheffield Giants alongside amateur and local community teams competing in stadiums, arenas, and community halls across the city. If you’re planning a trip to see a sports event in Sheffield, choose the best accommodation available. Leopold Hotel Sheffield is centrally located and offers a unique hotel experience in a former grammar school. Book our best available rates exclusively on our website.
Ice Hockey in Sheffield
Sheffield is the first National City of Sport with a range of high-quality facilities originally built for the World Student Games in the city in 1991. One of these arenas was the notorious Utilita Sheffield Arena, home to the city’s elite ice hockey team, the Sheffield Steelers. The Steelers are well-decorated having won dozens of leagues, championships, cups and competitions. The stadium has a capacity of 9,300 but there are often 10,000+ people in attendance for their exhilarating games. The Stadium has been host to some world title boxing matches over the years as well as concerts and gigs from a wide spectrum of arts.
Basketball in Sheffield
The Sheffield Sharks are a professional basketball team that play in the British Basketball League, the top tier of basketball in the UK. The team has been playing for over 25 years and their most recent title was the 2016 BBL Playoff Final Championship where the Sharks defeated the Leicester Riders at the London O2 Arena. They have played in locations all around the city but for the 2023-2024 season, they’re playing in Canon Medical Arena, situated at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the first carbon-neutral built arena in the UK. You’ll also catch basketball greats the Harlem Globetrotters on a world tour in Sheffield Arena in 2024.
Water Sports in Sheffield
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, also built for the World Student Games in 1991, is a world-class venue at the heart of the community, providing facilities for sports to professionals and locals. They have two pools including an Olympic-sized swimming pool with a variety of sessions including 25-metre and 50-metre lane swimming. They have the deepest diving pool in the UK and the International Sports Hall is the largest and most flexible events space in the whole of Sheffield. Dozens of competitions are held here every year including British Swimming meets, Swim England meets, Roller Derby, Karate competitions, Water Polo leagues, Swim Squads, Underwater hockey and so much more. They have a leisure pool if guests of our Sheffield Hotel would like to visit.
Snooker in Sheffield
We’re passionate about Snooker in Sheffield. We have an all-star lineup of snooker players from Sheffield including Joel Walker and Nigel Bond. The World Snooker Championship tournament has been played annually at the Crucible Theatre since 1977. The venue is famous for creating a special feeling of excitement around the event which is one of the most exciting and busy parts of the sporting calendar. There are many theatre, comedy and arts events in The Crucible throughout the year and the theatre is a short walk from Leopold Hotel Sheffield.
Football in Sheffield
Football is a part of our society and a popular pastime for young and old. Like many large cities in the UK, Sheffield has a couple of formidable professional soccer clubs. The city is home to two league clubs Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. The world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, has recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Bramall Lane is the home ground of Sheffield United Football Club while Sheffield Wednesday have played in Hillsborough Stadium since 1899. You’ll find amateur and schoolboy leagues playing in local grounds around the city and it’s worth checking out the up-and-coming talent before they are discovered.
If you’re planning a trip to watch your favourite team compete in the range of sports in Sheffield, Leopold Hotel offers perfect hotel accommodation. Our central location and unique features are great for families, friends, groups and couples. Book our best available rates exclusively on our website.